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City unable to aid port annexation
POULSBO While the city of Poulsbo has reaped the benefits of annexing the majority of its Urban Growth Area, the Port of Poulsbo has yet to share in the revenue harvest.
In response to the ongoing concerns from the port, Planning Director Barry Berezowsky gave the city councils public works committee the lowdown on why the group hasnt been allowed to join in the citys newfound prosperity.
I looked up the state regulations concerning annexation, Berezowsky said. The port has its own annexation process.
They dont just get to tag along with us, Councilman Ed Stern added.
In the past the port annexed property along with the city, but that has since changed, said Councilman Mike Regis.
Berezowsky replied that according to chapter 53 of the Revised Code of Washington, the port has to petition the county to annex more property. The petition must include 10 percent of registered voters who voted in the last election before it is brought to the county, he said.
Ten percent of the voters in an area can initiate it, Regis said.
Furthermore, the petition must come from the voters in the area, and the city government cannot be involved, Berezowsky said.
Weve been telling the port all along that it is their responsibility, he said. We are not able to do it for them.
After listening to Berezowskys explanation, Councilman Jeff McGinty asked about property owners who dont live near the marina and dont enjoy the benefits of what the port offers.
To them its just another tax, McGinty said. There ought to be some basis for them to go for it.
Its their job to sell the idea of expanding the port district, Berezowsky said of the port.